TBBW Event: Cycle Brewing Releases Details & Ticket Information for Barrel Aged Day 2018

cyclelogoOn Friday, March 9 from noon to 4 p.m., Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) will host its annual Barrel Aged Day beer festival at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. North, St. Petersburg, Florida).

Cycle Brewing will be once again treating Tampa Bay Beer Week to an insane spread of barrel-aged goodness with its extremely popular Barrel Aged Day event.  There is quite a bit of information to cover when it comes to this beer festival and its procedures for securing tickets.  To ensure that we do not screw anything up or leave anything out, we are going break everything down so that the information is easy to read, navigate and locate.  Also, be sure to check back often because this post will be updated regularly with new information.

The Basics

What – Barrel Aged Day 2018 from Cycle Brewing
When – Friday, March 9; General Admission begins at noon, VIP entry at 11 a.m.
Where – St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. North, St. Petersburg, Florida)

The Beers

Just as the name would lead you to believe, Barrel Aged Day is a beer festival that showcases an incredible lineup of rare barrel-aged beers from Cycle Brewing.  The brewery is currently in the process of creating the tap list for Barrel Aged Day 2018.  You can rest assured knowing that we plan to post that list here just as soon as it is made public.

Ticket Information

This is where things can get a bit tricky, so please read all the information provided below.


  • Barrel Aged Day 2018 tickets will be available for purchase at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 13 at Cycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Tickets are available in two tiers:
    – General Admission: $100 each
    – VIP: $125 each
  • General Admission tickets include “a Festival Only bottle, glass and pretty exclusive access to all of the Barrel Aged beers on tap in one of the nicest settings in the world of beer fests.”  VIP tickets include all of the above but also grant you early entry into the festival at 11 a.m.
  • Ticket Sales are Cash Only
  • Ticket Sales are limited to two (2) tickets per person
  • To be able to purchase tickets, you must be one of the two people attending the festival.
  • You will be required to present an ID at the time of purchase.  You and that ID will have to be present again at the festival so that you and your guest can gain entry into the festival.  “The tickets are basically receipts, your ID will be your ticket into the fest assuming you are on the list.”  This process is in place to cut down on ticket “mules” and ensure that locals who wish to attend Barrel Aged Day 2018 have a better chance to purchase tickets.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable
  • Expect the ticket line to move slowly “as Doug will be personally writing every name down, it is slow but it is extremely effective.”
  • There will be “zero tolerance for shenanigans” while in the ticket line. If you get into an altercation of any kind, you will be removed from the line and asked to leave.  If you are disrespectful to any neighboring business or their patrons, you will be removed from the line and asked to leave.  If you just remain patient and act like an adult, all will be fine.
  • If by some chance tickets do not sell out on Saturday, Cycle Brewing will announce plans for ticket sales on Sunday, January 14.  With that said, tickets are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.  **UPDATE 1.13.18** THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SALES. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT **UPDATE 1.13.18**

Ok . . . that covers all the details that are currently available.  More information will surface as we draw closer to Barrel Aged Day 2018, and we will update you with that info just as soon as we get our hands on it.  Stay tuned, and we hope you all land some tickets to this ridiculously awesome event.  Prost!


TBBW Event: Sun King Brewery Tap Takeover at The Ale and The Witch

alewitchlogoOn Friday, March 10 at 3 p.m., The Ale and The Witch (111 2nd Ave NE Saint Petersburg, Florida) will welcome Sun King Brewery (Indianapolis, Indiana) to Tampa Bay Beer Week by hosting a very special Tap Takeover event.

What began as a pipe dream shared between two men – Dave Colt and Clay Robinson – while spending “long hours brewing, scrubbing, and polishing . . . brewery equipment” at a previous brewing job, Sun King Brewery finally became a reality in 2009 when Colt and Robinson went all in and sold their first keg.  After just a few short years since that first sale, Sun King has established a strong reputation after earning several medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, and the brewery is now recognized as the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana.

Not normally available in the state of Florida, Sun King Brewery happens to be in town visiting for Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), and The Ale and The Witch is more than happy to host this respected brewery for a rare Tap Takeover on March 10.  The following seven Sun King offerings will be pouring on draft during this event:

Featured Draft Beers from Sun King Brewery

  • Cherry Busey – A Flanders-style Oud Bruin Ale produced using a complex cocktail of wild yeasts and aged in a bevy of barrels. A multitude of Montmorency cherries were lovingly liberated to give the beer its tart cherry tang.  Cherry Busey was the winner of the Bronze Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Category.  ABV – 6.9%  IBUs – 23
  • Old Fashioned Elixir – This beer starts with a base of Velvet Fog Belgian Quad, a King Reserve Series offering that took the 2012 gold medal at the World Beer Cup, that is then aged in rye barrels with Balaton Cherries & orange peel for that classic cocktail creation. ABV – 11.6%
  • Osiris Pale Ale – An assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 50
  • Ring of Dingle – A rich and roasty Irish-Style Dry Stout with a clean, dry finish. The beer is named after a scenic road network in Ireland that starts and ends in the city of Dingle.  Ring of Dingle was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Classic Irish-Dry Stout Category at the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the winner of the Gold Medal in the Irish-Style Dry Stout category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.  ABV – 4.6%  IBUs – 34
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders – A traditional Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin, Stupid Sex Flanders is fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, which impart tart cherry flavors to balance the beer’s malt sweetness.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 23
  • Sunlight Cream Ale – Celebrates American brewing tradition by balancing smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish.  Sunlight was the winner of the Gold Medal in the Golden or Blonde Ale category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®, and the Silver Medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup in the Golden or Blonde Ale category.  ABV – 5.3%  IBUs – 20
  • Whip Fight – A bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy in which rich toffee flavor takes a Burt Lancaster-sized twist with the addition of pecan and semi-sweet chocolate.  ABV – 10.6%  IBUs – 30

The beers above will begin pouring when The Ale and The Witch opens at 3 p.m. on March 10, and they will be available until the kegs run dry or the bar closes.  Since this is a pay as you go event, no tickets are needed to enjoy these delicious brews.  We must remind you that Sun King Brewery and their beers are not normally available in Florida, so these beers will not last long.  With that in mind, go ahead and make plans now to visit The Ale and The Witch on Friday to get in on what is sure to be one hell of a TBBW Tap Takeover with Sun King Brewery.  Prost!

TBBW: Bring on the Funk! A Celebration of American Wild Ales at Independent Bar

Indie_Welcome_1_400x400On Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) will host Bring on the Funk!, a Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration of American Wild Ales featuring Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) and Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas).

To make their mark on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa will Bring on the Funk! on March 9 by venturing into the amazing world of American Wild/Sour Ales.  Attendees of this event will experience a ridiculously awesome lineup of brews from three award-winning and incredibly respected brewers of Wild Ales: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Jester King Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Featured beers to be flowing at this event are as follows:

Featured Beers Pouring on Draft

  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry
  • Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Apricot
  • Crooked Stave Persica
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta
  • Jolly Pumpkin Gratzer
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek

Featured Beers Pouring from Bottles

During this event, the Independent will be offering sample size pours of both the draft and bottled Wild Ales of the night.  As an added bonus, representatives from each brewery will be on hand to hang out, raise a glass, and talk to you about the beer in your hand.

In all honesty, you are going to be hard-pressed to find this many world-class Wild/Sour Ales pouring at one event again.  Take advantage of this open invitation (this event does not require a ticket), free up your calendar on Thursday, and head over to the Independent to take part in this can’t-miss TBBW event.  Prost!

Click here to check out all of the events taking place at Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa during Tampa Bay Beer Week


TBBW Event: Omnipollo Spotlight and Lunar Lycan Release at Angry Chair Brewing

angrychairOn Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m., Angry Chair Brewing (6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) will get in on some Tampa Bay Beer Week action by hosting their friends from Omnipollo (Stockholm, Sweden) for an evening of special brews and a limited bottle release of their collaboration beer, Lunar Lycan Imperial Marzipan Coffee Cream Stout.

To create something truly special for Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), Angry Chair Brewing has crossed mash paddles with Omnipollo to brew up Lunar Lycan Imperial Marzipan Coffee Cream Stout.  Brewed with toasted almonds and dark roast coffee, this 11.5% ABV Cream Stout proudly embodies both breweries’ reputations for pushing the limits when it comes to the flavor profiles of their beers.  Bottles of Lunar Lycan will be available for purchase during this event for $20 each (limit of 4 bottles per customer).

In addition to the bottle release, Angry Chair plans to have Lunar Lycan available on tap alongside two guest brews from Omnipollo.  Since these guest kegs are being shipped from another country, there is an outside chance that they may not make it in time for this event.  If – and we stress “IF” – that happens, the folks at Angry Chair have plans in place to tap some other “cool beers in an attempt to make up for it.”  **UPDATE 3.8.17** The Omnipollo kegs have arrived and they are as follows:

Omnipollo Beers to be Featured The Event

  • Magnus Opus Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan Caramel Poppy Charcoal Bacon Stout  ABV – 14.5%
  • Noa Bourbon Pecan Mud Cake Stout  ABV – 12.9%  **UPDATE 3.8.17**

This event begins at 4 p.m. on March 8 and will go on until either the beers kick or the tasting room closes.  No tickets are required as this is a pay as you go event.  Just come as you are, follow the rules posted below (#dontparkonfern), and have a good time at what will be one of many awesome TBBW events from Angry Chair Brewing.  Prost!

General Information for all Tampa Bay Beer Week Events at Angry Chair Brewing:

  • There will be no bottle shares or outside bottles allowed in the building or in line (assuming there is a line at any point).
  • Please leave your children and pets at home. We love dogs and kids just as much as the next person, this is simply in regards to the limited space we have.
  • If possible to get a ride or carpool, please do. Parking is and always has been extremely limited. In addition, some of or all of these events will obstruct our few parking spaces. DO. NOT. PARK. ON. FERN. The lot across the street and street parking on North St. (the first street north of us) are available to you. 

Click here to check out the many other TBBW events from Angry Chair Brewing

TBBW Event -Brasserie Saint Somewhere Hosts Fantôme Takeover with Dany Prignon

brasseriessprintOn Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m., Brasserie Saint Somewhere (312 E. Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs, Florida) will welcome Dany Prignon of Brasserie Fantôme (Soy, Belgium) to their facility for a very special Tampa Bay Beer Week Takeover Event.

To supply craft beer fans with an incredibly rare treat during Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), Brasserie Saint Somewhere is pulling out all the stops by hosting Brasserie Fantôme on March 8.  Although they may be known for having the daring to ” break all the rules when it comes to brewing with special ingredients,” Fantôme “recall[s] the early days of Belgian brewing” and is easily regarded as one of the world’s most respected breweries.

For this extraordinary Takeover Event, Brasserie Saint Somewhere will be pouring the following seven Fantôme brews:

Featured Beers from Brasserie Fantôme

**The first six beers listed above will be pouring from bottles and available for purchase by the glass during this event.**

In addition to this incredible lineup of offerings from Brasserie Fantôme, there will also be various other “Belgian, French and of course Saint Somewhere offerings” flowing at this event.  As an added bonus, Dany Prignon – Brewer for Brasserie Fantôme – will give a live toast at 6 p.m. and may possibly have “time for a question or two” afterwards.

If you are a fan of Saisons, this Takeover Event with Brasserie Fantôme and Dany Prignon is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of situation.  Mark those calendars now and get the most out of your Tampa Bay Beer Week experience by hitting Brasserie Saint Somewhere on Wednesday, March 8.  Prost!


Big Storm Brewing, Craft Life Brewing & Zephyrhills Brewing Collaborate to Release Open Spaces Porter

bigstormlogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Odessa, Florida) recently announced that they have teamed up with Craft Life Brewing (Land O Lakes, Florida) and Zephyrhills Brewing Company (Zephyrhills, Florida) to create Open Spaces Porter, a specialty release collaborate beer that will be unveiled at the Meet the Pasco Brewers event scheduled on Saturday, March 11 at Big Storm’s Odessa location.

To properly represent the brewing creativity and fine ingredients that can be found in Pasco County,  Joel Moore of Big Storm, Tim Foley of Craft Life Brewing, and Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills Brewing joined forces to create a Pasco-themed, collaboration brew to feature during the 2017 Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration.  After a bit of brainstorming, it was decided that they would brew up Open Spaces Porter, a name inspired by Pasco County’s “Open Spaces – Vibrant Places” campaign that has proven to make an incredibly positive impact on area businesses. Staying true to the campaign’s intentions, this special collaboration beer keeps things local by featuring honey sourced from Queen Kathleen Honey and a citrus puree from Kumquat Growers Inc.  In taking this approach, these three breweries have created an American Porter that not only showcases the area’s beer scene but also the local products that quite often serve as their inspiration.

“The Pasco County Economic Development Council has done an amazing job promoting the area as one of great opportunity for growing businesses,” said Mike Bishop, Founder of Big Storm Brewery. “The Open Spaces – Vibrant Places campaign launched earlier this year by the Pasco EDC was the inspiration behind the name, as it speaks to our shared spirit of collaboration, teamwork and love of the area.”

Open Spaces Porter is a limited, draft-only release that will be unveiled at the Meet the Pasco Brewers event to be held at Big Storm’s Odessa location (2330 Success Dr. Odessa, Florida) on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. In addition to being able to try Open Spaces Porter, attendees will also experience a discussion/Meet & Greet with all three participating brewers, several other beers from the participating breweries, live music, and tasty grub from local food trucks.  If you are north of the city and looking for a fun/educational way to wrap up your 2017 Tampa Bay Beer Week, check out the Meet the Pasco Brewers event and give Open Spaces Porter a try on March 11.  Prost!



Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival Returns in March

flbrewersThe Florida Brewers Guild has officially announced that they will host their annual FBG Craft Beer Festival in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m.

To get Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017 off to a good start, this jam-packed week of craft beer events will launch with the annual Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival, a can’t-miss event that celebrates the amazing breweries of Florida.  There is quite a bit of information to cover when it comes to this festival, so we will break it all down for you below:

The Basics

  • When – Saturday, March 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where – Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park (601 Old Water Street Tampa, Florida)
  • What You Need – Don’t forget your ID because this event is for ages 21+ only.

Attending Breweries

This event will feature more than 200 beers from over 50 Florida craft breweries.  The list of confirmed breweries is as follows:

This is just a list of currently confirmed breweries.  This list will grow quite a bit as we near the festival date.  Last Update: 2.16.17

Ticket Info

Tickets are available now and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  Tickets are available in the following tiers:

  • Pre-Sale General Admission – $35 each plus fees: Must be purchased before January 23.  Ticket cost gets you entrance into the festival at 2 p.m., a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited beer samples.
  • General Admission – $45 each plus fees: Ticket cost gets you entrance into the festival at 2 p.m., a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited beer samples.
  • Pre-Sale VIP – $55 each plus fees: Must be purchased before January 23.  Ticket cost gets you entrance into the festival an hour early at 1 p.m., a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited beer samples.  VIP Tickets are incredibly limited.
  • VIP – $65 each plus fees: Ticket cost gets you entrance into the festival an hour early at 1 p.m., a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited beer samples. VIP Tickets are incredibly limited.
  • Designated Drivers get in for free.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the Florida Brewers Guild, the nonprofit trade association committed to preserving the rights of craft brewers throughout the state.

Food Truck Lineup

More information is still rolling in, and we will update this post with more confirmed breweries, food truck info (updated above), and any other details that surface before the 2017 FBG Craft Beer Festival.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

TBBW Event: Cycle Brewing Announces Plans for Barrel Aged Day 2017

cyclelogoOn Friday, March 10 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) will host Barrel Aged Day 2017 at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. North, St. Petersburg, Florida).

Cycle Brewing will once again be adding to the Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) festivities by hosting their annual Barrel Aged Day, a celebration that boasts an insane tap list of carefully crafted barrel-aged brews. This year’s festival is still very much in the early stages of planning, but here are the details that we have so far:

  • Barrel Aged Day 2017 will be on Friday, March 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • The venue will be the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club
  • Tickets officially go on sale on Saturday, January 14 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at the Cycle Brewing tasting room (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida).  Ticket sales are cash only.  Tickets are available in following tiers:
    ~ General Admission – $75 per person
    ~ VIP – $100 per person: This ticket gets you entrance into the festival an hour before General Admission (11 a.m. instead of noon) to give you a “first, and less crowded, crack at the tap list.”  There will be a limited number of VIP tickets.
  • You will be able to purchase multiple tickets (limit of four tickets per person), but you must have the full name of everyone you are purchasing tickets for.
  • There is a special bottle included in the price of each ticket.  The exact beer has not yet been determined, but it will “almost certainly be something out of [Cycle Brewing’s] latest batch of Prichard’s rum barrels.”  This bottle will be available to festival attendees only.
  • To make entry into the event easier, wristband pick-up will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the festival.
  • Transportation: Parking at the festival is limited, but there is “plenty within a few blocks that is free overnight for anybody who feels they need to drive to the fest but wisely chooses not to drive home afterwards.”  Getting to the fest by walking, Uber/Lyft or taxi is strongly encouraged.  There are no Designated Driver tickets available this year, so be responsible and make plans for safe travel home from the festival.

**UPDATE – 03.10.17**

Official Tap List for Barrel Aged Day 2017


**UPDATE – 03.10.17**

Alright, that about covers all the information that is available at this time.  Once tap lists, bottle releases and any other details are confirmed, we will update this post with that information.  Be sure to arrange your tickets when they go on sale on January 14 because this festival is pretty much a lock to sell out with a quickness.  Stay tuned.  Prost!